Mystery donor leaves $131,000 for Japan tsunami relief in a restroom

A mystery donor in Japan has left a bag containing 10 million yen $131,000 in a restroom with a note saying it should be used to help a tsunami-hit area, Japans Kyodo news agency reports.The plastic bag was found in a municipal office for the city of Sakado, in Saitama Prefecture, the office said Thursday, according to Kyodo.

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Miyazato plans to aid Japan relief after Evian Masters win

Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters on Sunday and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.

Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.

The 26-year-old Miyazato will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.

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Artist’s Hampton Home Sale Slated for Japan Relief Efforts

AFTER the earthquake and nuclear crisis hit Japan in March, Setsuo Ito wanted to help his former countrymen. To do so, he felt an urgency to sell his hilltop estate in Water Mill, N.Y. , which had been languishing on the market for three years.

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“I didn’t want to wait,” said Mr. Ito, 63, a Japanese-American artist and designer. “People need help right now.”

Mr. Ito was born in an area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station reactors that were heavily damaged and leaking radiation, he said, and wanted some of the money from the sale of his house to aid Japan.

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Swarovski Hello Kitty on Display in Tokyo

Hello Kitty, Japan’s iconic cat character, glittered and gleamed in Tokyo after being reborn in Swarovski crystals for a good cause — raising money for disaster relief.

On display in a showroom in Tokyo’s fashionable Omotesando area were versions of the famous feline in everything from tiny earrings to melon-sized figurines.

The centerpiece of the project, a collaboration between the Austrian jeweler and Sanrio Co, the company that markets Hello Kitty, was a 20 cm (7.9 inch) limited edition figurine picked out in 19,636 crystals — and carrying a price tag of 1.2 million yen ($14,800).

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Panda Restaurant Group Contributes to Japan’s Red Cross

The Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San contributed more than $450,000 to the American Red Cross in support of Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief. Panda’s charitable giving arm, the Panda Charitable Foundation matched a $228,966 donation made by Panda Express customers through an in-store Japan relief campaign. Fifteen Panda employees presented the check at a ceremony held during a briefing at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Emergency Operation Center on June 8.

“We would like to thank the leaders of the Panda Restaurant Group, its associates and its generous guests for raising this significant gift to help those still suffering in Japan,” said Paul Schulz, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region CEO. “It is clear that Panda is committed to helping the people of Japan so devastated by the recent disasters there.”

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Vogue’s Anna Wintour auctions lunch date for Japan relief

New York, Apr 29 PTI Vogue editor Anna Wintour is auctioning off a lunch date to raise money for Japan relief.

Council of Fashion Designers of America has organized an online auction to benefit the Japan Societys Earthquake Relief Fund.

The winning bidders will get a chance to meet Wintour and also attend a Vogue photo shoot, reported New York Post online.

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Time to rebuild Japan

Japan’s nuclear crisis is slowly stabilizing and the country must now focus on repairing the damage wrought by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast a month ago, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said.

He was speaking shortly after new data showed more radiation leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the early days of the crisis than first thought.

That new information put Japan’s nuclear calamity in the same category as the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, officials said, but the upgrade in its severity rating to the highest level on a globally recognized scale did not mean the situation had suddenly become more critical.

"The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is slowly stabilizing, step by step, and the emission of radioactive substances is on a declining trend," Kan told a press briefing.

"A month has passed. We need to take steps toward restoration and reconstruction."

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Ryo Ishikawa to donate all of 2011 earnings to quake relief

Japanese teen golfer Ryo Ishikawa said Tuesday he will donate all of his earnings in 2011 to the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in his country.

In addition to what he earns from the JGTO Tour and major tournaments overseas, Ishikawa will donate 100,000 yen for every birdie he makes.

Ishikawa has earned more than 100 million yen in each of the past three seasons since he turned pro in January 2008 at age 16.

Last year, he made 151 million yen for third place on the Japanese money list and had 341 birdies, the most on the tour.

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X Japan’s Toshi to hold charity concert tour

X Japan vocalist ToshI will embark on a charity concert tour next month, raising funds for the rebuilding efforts in the earthquake-stricken Tohoku region. He will perform 8 concerts in 4 cities, starting in Gifu on April 9 and continuing with Kanazawa, Osaka, and Fukuoka.

Although none of the concerts are in eastern Japan, which is currently suffering from a shortage of electricity, ToshI will still be conserving power by performing with an acoustic orchestra. During the tour, he will unveil his new song “Haru no Negai,” written by Yoshiki and songwriter Shida Masae for the recovery of the disaster-affected areas.

ToshI stated that he is currently unable to include any concerts in eastern Japan due to power and safety concerns, but he hopes to be able to add some in the future, depending on conditions in those areas.

X Japan bassist HEATH and LUNA SEA drummer Shinya will be participating in the tour as well.

In addition to the concert tour, the X Japan members and others will auction off personal items and donate all of the proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross.

Radio Charity Musicthon SP: Fukuyama Masaharu to host 24-hour radio special for the areas affected by the Tohoku earthquake

Fukuyama Masaharu (42) will be hosting a special 24-hour live radio program on April 9th-10th for the areas affected by the Tohoku earthquake. He personally announced the project during his radio show on Saturday night.

The “Radio Charity Musicthon SP: I’m with U: Kimi to, 24 Jikan Radio” will start at 1:00pm on April 9th and continue for a full 24 hours. Fukuyama will be singing and delivering live messages, while encouraging donations for the relief efforts. There will also be special celebrity guests participating in the program. However, there will not be any extravagant performances, in consideration of the current energy conservation measures in Japan.

Nippon Broadcasting System has held a 24-hour musicthon around Christmas every year since 1975. This will be its first time doing a special one outside the Christmas season.

Last year, Fukuyama starred in the NHK taiga drama “Ryomaden.” Some filming was done on location in the city of Ofunato, Iwate, which was one of the areas heavily affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Fukuyama also happened to be in Kobe during the time of the Great Hanshin earthquake back in 1995.

Fukuyama was originally scheduled to perform at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Miyagi prefecture on April 9th and 10th, but those concerts were canceled due to the tsunami. He will resume his national tour from April 16th in Mie prefecture.

It was also revealed today that Fukuyama participated in the charity song “I love you & I need you Fukushima” by the band Inawashirokozu, consisting of Matsuda Shinji (THE BACK HORN), Yamaguchi Takashi (Sambomaster), Watanabe Toshimi (TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET), and Yanai Michihiko. He played the electric guitar and harmonica for a special version of the song, while Inoue Akira played the piano. That version is available on the Tokyo FM mobile website.